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Lyle, Martin, and Mark discuss the craft of filmaking at our UCLA Seminar. Please join our newsletter to get current information on the dates and times of our next seminar.
Academy Award winning actor Martin Landau, Oscar-nominated director Mark Rydell and noted playwright/screenwriter Lyle Kessler, who have more than a century of leadership of The Actors Studio program between them, will conduct The Total Picture Seminar, an immersion course in the inter-relationship of the three critical disciplines of narrative film-making - writing, acting and directing.
This two-day in-depth education will give you a firm grasp of the significant aspects of filmmaking.
Writers will submit five minute scenes directed and staged for the camera by Mark Rydell working with renowned cinematographer, Robbie Greenberg. Actors will be cast from the audience and coached by Martin Landau. The scene content will be analyzed and discussed by Lyle Kessler.
"We sincerely believe the human experience is at the heart of drama. This is a unique opportunity to benefit from the legacy of The Group Theatre, The Actors Studio, Brando, Dean, Clurman, Meisner, Strasberg, Kazan, Adler, et al. and continuing the tradition of these theatrical giants and their contribution to character driven films. We look forward to seeing you at the seminar."
Martin, Mark and Lyle.
Martin Landau, Mark Rydell, and Lyle Kessler have worked together as a team for many decades at The Actors Studio. Rydell and Landau have been directors of Actors Studio West since the late sixties and Kessler and Rydell conduct the Writer/Directors Unit of the Studio. Kessler has also served as Director of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. They bring industry experience, prestige, and personal success to the seminar. Each having a lifetime of teaching experience.
A unique insight into all three disciplines of filmmaking. The following video is an overview of the seminar.
The Directors Notebook
An Actors Preparation
Evolution of a Screenplay
Character and Story
Working with Major Directors
Maximizing your talent
(Q&As) Audience Participation
Check out the complete seminar schedule.
After you register, writers will submit 5 minute two-character scenes. For demonstration purposes they should be simple one set scenes. Four scenes will be selected and directed for the camera. Actors will be cast from the attendees based on character considerations.